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Top 10 Best Restaurants in London's West End

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Cheap discounted tickets in hand, family and friends in tow, musical drama and comedy to look forward. But wait, the stomach rumbles. The innards are speaking and they are saying “Don’t be thinking that you’re going to sit through two hours of West End theatre without feeding me first! Now, find me a restaurant that’s walking distance from the stage!” The West End of London eats tourists and shopping freaks alive with its bright light bonanza prices and slop-tray quality, so Fluid has done all the hard work for you and handpicked its Top 10 Best Restaurants.

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Bar / Restaurant

This Spanish rooftop restaurant in Soho boasts London's largest Cava Bar where you can sample the three-flute 'flights'. There's also a Cognac and Cigar Terrace (the menu for which includes, amongst others, a 45-year old Rignaud Soubourin Floriege cognac and the Cohiba Siglo VI Cuban cigar), as well as impeccable Spanish tapas and weekend feasting brunch menus with optional free-flowing bubbles and cocktails. Have a peak over the edge. Haha, look down at those poor, depressing shoppers below on Regent Street struggling with their consumerism. Hey, you down there, coo-ee; can you move along please. We're trying to bliss out up here on this cosy roof terrace and you're rather distracting.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

Rainforest Cafe is a tropical hideaway in the heart of the West End. This unusual restaurant recreates the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rainforest with the help of stunning special effects such as thunder and lightning storms, tropical rain showers and cascading waterfalls. The restaurant is also home to a cast of astounding, lifelike, animatronic inhabitants including chattering gorillas, a menacing jaguar and our trumpeting elephants. Rainforest Cafe offers a varied menu of American and tropical cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Combine this imaginative food with the magical scenery and you have a great time out for the whole family.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant / Hotel

A fine example of how a new restaurant can impress, even if the food is merely OK. The decor is something to regard with awe and it would be easy to chip away at the vestiges of an evening or an afternoon slouched on the comfortable leather banquettes. The Thames and Embankment are close by, as is Trafalgar Square, so our recommendations for this new Mediterranean restaurant would be aimed squarely at our foreign brothers and sisters, or those who enjoy decent but not outstanding seafood.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

West End - Don't expect culinary genius here and you'll enjoy it fine. Possibly quite a shrewd first-date choice along with the National Portrait Gallery itself simply because the views down Whitehall and the golden spires of Westminster in the distance are a great conversation starter. A great wine list to enjoy not to mention the palpable feeling in the air that you are in the presence of history. These walls know secrets of generations, but they aren't telling. That's just not British.

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Bar / Restaurant

Devour classic Moroccan dishes in this seductive restaurant with candlelit tables and exotic furnishings. The fish tagine is heavenly and the silky couscous melts in the mouth. The invitingly plump banquettes make Momo the ideal place to unwind and sample the flavours of North Africa. After dinner, soak up the atmosphere in the adjoining bar, serving a range of delectable cocktails.

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This restaurant on Soho's Brewer Street is the 2nd London restaurant from Mark Hix, whose other establishments include Hix Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield's Market. The cuisine is the signature British that Mark is renowned for. The exquisite dishes include Grilled Orkney Lobster with garlic butter, Roe Deer Chop with celeriac mash, and Aberdeenshire Porterhouse Steak for two.

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St James
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Modern Eclectic

The Wolseley provides that touch of glamour that we all need in our lives. A café and restaurant in the grand European tradition, think white tablecloths, art deco and waiting staff in waistcoats. It?s a perfect place for a treat brunch, or treat anything really. The service is seamless, the building is beautiful and the food reliable good.

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